Oklahoma Democrats arrive at convention ready to support Obama

Oklahoma Democrats arrive in North Carolina for the Democratic National Convention eager to make the case for a second term for President Barack Obama.
by Chris Casteel Published: September 2, 2012
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Oklahoma Democrats say they're ready to counter Republican attacks as they gather for their party's national convention here, where President Barack Obama will be nominated this week for a second term.

“We're all excited and anxious to get going and have our turn,” Wallace Collins, chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said Friday.

He said the Republican National Convention last week in Tampa was “full of hate and fear” and untruths.

Democrats will stress the economic progress made under the president in the past four years and remind Americans that Obama deserves credit for many things, including the survival of the U.S. auto industry, he said.

Marguerite McGuffin, chairman of the Oklahoma County Democratic Party, said Saturday that she's “frightened” by the prospect of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney winning on Nov. 6.

She said she hopes the president, who is scheduled to speak Thursday, “just talks about what he's accomplished, because there's been a lot.”

Lorenzo Allen Thompson, of Spencer, who works on the state party's affirmative action committee, said Democrats need to “assert the principles of the Democratic Party: the party that stands for rights for everybody.”

Tom Guild, a delegate attending the convention from Edmond, said, “Democrats have brought the economy they inherited from the George W. Bush Administration back from a near total meltdown, liquidated Osama bin Laden, fought for civil rights, saved the American auto industry, fought for the middle class and brought a sense of balance and realism in the area of foreign policy.”

Billy Coyle, a delegate from Nichols Hills, added, “The Republicans have gone so far to the right in (their) convention that the moderates and independents are Obama's for the taking.”

Coyle said the president must make clear that he is worried about the nation's debt.

Coyle, who ran for Congress in 2010, and Guild, who is running against U.S. Rep. James Lankford this year, mentioned a theme that is likely to be repeated often during the convention in Charlotte this week: The GOP-controlled House has thwarted the president's attempts to create jobs and reduce deficits.

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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